Vulvodynia is chronic pelvic floor and vaginal pain often of unknown cause. It is often associated with Interstitial Cystitis. Cell therapy may be effective in some cases.
Progenitor stem cells have been used for a variety of medical treatments to repair and regenerate acute and chronically damaged tissues. A recent technological breakthrough enables us to now use Adipose (fat) derived stem cells (ASC’s). Stem cells from a person’s own fat are easily available in quantities up to ten times those seen in bone marrow stem cells even after days of culturing and processing. Liposuction fat has an attractive and abundant stem cell source. These cells have the potential to repair and regenerate human tissue such as cartilage, bone, fat, muscle, nerves and blood vessels. They also work on the immune system and have anti-inflammatory effects.
At the California Stem Cell Treatment Center (www.stemcellrevolution.com) cell therapy can be used for vulvodynia. Dr. Lander can perform a mini liposuction to obtain stromal vascular fraction (SVF) which is rich in adult stem cells and growth factors. SVF has immuno-modulatory and anti-inflammatory effects and therefore may be effective in healing chronically inflamed nerves.
It is important to note that at this point in time, the use of stem cells in the treatment of various specific urologic conditions is not FDA approved.